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Sculptor crafting first women’s statue for Central Park

Nov. 21, 2019 9:39 AM EST

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A sculptor known for trying to redress history through her art is creating the first statue of real-life women for New York’s Central Park, where the only females so honored until now have been fictional characters. Meredith Bergmann’s vision for the sculpture, chosen...

Pope in Thailand calls for action to protect women, children

Nov. 21, 2019 9:21 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Pope Francis urged more efforts to combat the “humiliation” of women and children forced into prostitution as he began a busy visit Thursday to Thailand, where human trafficking and poverty help fuel the sex tourism industry. During an open-air Mass at Bangkok’s national...

Sculptor crafting first women’s statue for Central Park

Nov. 21, 2019 7:53 AM EST

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A sculptor known for trying to redress history through her art is creating the first statue of real-life women for New York’s Central Park, where the only females so honored until now have been fictional characters. Meredith Bergmann’s vision for the sculpture, chosen...

Burkina Faso: 32 Islamic extremists killed, sex slaves freed

Nov. 18, 2019 2:56 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Burkina Faso’s army says 32 Islamic extremists were killed over the weekend in the country’s north and several women used as sex slaves were freed. An army statement says one soldier was also killed in the latest clashes as the extremist presence grows in the West African...

California’s Huntington Library gets rare slavery documents

Nov. 14, 2019 6:29 PM EST

SAN MARINO, Calif. (AP) — Southern California’s Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens has acquired rare documents shedding light on anti-slavery efforts taking place before and during the Civil War The institution announced Wednesday it has acquired the ledgers of Quaker abolitionist...

South Korean court begins trial over Japan's sexual slavery

Nov. 13, 2019 5:07 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A Seoul court on Wednesday began hearing a long-awaited civil case filed against the Japanese government by South Korean women who were forced to work in Japan's World War II military brothels. The trial at the Seoul Central District Court proceeded with empty seats in the...

Michigan lawmaker criticized for comparing abortion, slavery

Nov. 12, 2019 6:36 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan Republican legislative leader is drawing criticism from Democrats for likening abortion to slavery. Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey told Hillsdale College's radio station last week that allowing abortion to occur "at all" is the "scourge of our country now today." "In...

Court sentences Congo warlord to 30 years for atrocities

Nov. 7, 2019 11:18 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court passed its highest ever sentence Thursday, sending a Congolese warlord known as "The Terminator" to prison for 30 years for crimes including murder, rape and sexual slavery. Bosco Ntaganda was found guilty in July of 18 counts of war crimes and...

S. Carolina man gets 10 years for forced labor of black man

Nov. 7, 2019 5:12 AM EST

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — A white South Carolina man convicted of forcing a black man with intellectual disabilities to work at a restaurant for up to 18 hours a day without pay has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. The Justice Department announced Wednesday that cafeteria manager Bobby Paul Edwards was...

Mayor: Roxbury residents support 'Nubian Square' name change

Nov. 6, 2019 6:22 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — An effort to rename the square in a historically black Boston neighborhood to Nubian Square isn't dead, despite the failure of a citywide referendum. Democratic Mayor Marty Walsh said Wednesday that voters in the Roxbury neighborhood, where the name change is being proposed, overwhelmingly...